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Chief of staff visits Luke

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, spent time meeting with Airmen and leadership Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Welsh highlighted Airman health, wellness and quality of life activities. He also reviewed the progress made in the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training program at Luke….

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Prevention training goes face-to-face

Courtesy photo Maj. Jennifer Tomlinson, Air Education and Training Command Medical Readiness Division deputy chief, serves as facilitator during the AETC Medical Services and Training directorate annual Air Force Suicide Prevention training March 4 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The face-to-face training replaced the computer-based training beginning Feb. 11. The World Health Organization reports…

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Thunderbolt looks to future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron acting commander secretary was an Air Force Honor Guard member prior to crossing over to the dental field. As the commander’s secretary, she plays a pivotal support role in the dental squadron. Motivation comes from looking at the thing you want and realizing what it…

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Blue Blazers share with Airmen options for future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Tech. Sgt. Steve Martin, Detachment 12, 372nd Training Support Squadron fuels systems instructor, sits in a speed mentor session March 18 at Luke Air Force Base. The Blue Blazers, a group of Fighter Country Partnership Honorary Commanders alumni, put on the mentoring session to help Airmen who are considering transitioning to civilian…

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Luke 1 flies first ‘student’ F-35 sortie

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, prepares Wednesday for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter training sortie at Luke Air Force Base with Senior Airman Patrick Murphy, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. The 56th Fighter Wing officially began training new F-35 pilots today when the first…


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Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted  April 4, 2014

Senior Airman Zachary James 607th Air Control Squadron Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman Hometown: Kingsland, Texas Years in service: 3.5 years Education: Pursuing Community College of the Air Force degree in electronic systems technology Inspirations: Henry David Thoreau, Ernest Hemmingway and retired Senior Master Sgt. John Howard James Goals: To provide for the people I value…

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News Briefs April 4, 2014

Posted  April 4, 2014

Change of command Lt. Col. Jon Wheeler, 310th Fighter Squadron commander, will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Matthew Warner in a ceremony at 8:31 a.m. April 18 in Hangar 913. LOSC social The Luke Officers Spouses Club is featuring the annual bingo social at 11 a.m. April 15 at Club Five Six. The cost of…

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AFR has options for separating Airmen

Posted  April 4, 2014

Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr. A 944th Security Forces Squadron Airman fires on the enemy March 3 during Combat Operations Readiness Training at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The Air Force Reserve works with active-duty Airmen to help with exercise-related missions. Active-duty Airmen at Luke Air Force Base interested in joining the Reserve should call Master…

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Be successful no matter where you are

Posted  April 4, 2014

It’s human nature to be competitive, and with the Air Force having to make tough decisions during force shaping, no one can afford not to be competitive. In order to be competitive in the Air Force, it will take a whole-person concept, which has been around for years and consists of work ethic, self-improvement and…

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Culture trumps strategy any day

Posted  April 4, 2014

With more than 24 years in the military, I have come to realize the old adage, “Culture will eat strategy for lunch every day of the week” is a true statement, and we as Airmen have a responsibility to cultivate an inspiring and healthy workplace culture. Every organization has a culture. Some are very toxic…

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Mustache Mania

Posted  April 4, 2014

Capt. Andrew Stolten, left, 56th Security Forces Squadron operations officer, and Lt. Col. Charles Jones, 607th Air Control Squadron commander, were voted best mustache and runner-up Monday at the Mustache March mustache contest on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base.

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Day taken to commemorate Tuskegee Airmen

Posted  April 4, 2014

Grace Lee David Toliver, Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. president, speaks March 27 at the inaugural Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day ceremony at the Luke Air Force Base Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The ceremony was the first of its kind after Gov. Janice Brewer signed legislation designating the fourth Thursday of March as a…

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Sports Shorts – April 11, 2014

Posted  April 11, 2014

A glass box displays boxing equipment available for use at the Bryant Fitness Center. Members can sign out equipment at the fitness center information desk during normal operating hours. Punch your way to good health Story and photo by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs “A boxing workout is the heaviest thing, but it’s…

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Weapons Fest

Posted  April 11, 2014

Staff Sgt. Dennis Scott, 309th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew chief, mans the barbecue grill Saturday during the 2014 Weapons Fest at Fowler Park.   Senior Airman Marissa Colima, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Combat Armament Support team member, participates in a variety of games at the fest. Weapons Fest is an annual event held…

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Fly Over: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, and ‘Pirate Fairy’

Posted  April 11, 2014

In theaters: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Dear DC Comics and Warner Bros. Studios, Be jealous. Be very jealous. While you are still working on the “Superman vs. Batman” movie, Marvel Studios has done it again and released another box office hit with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The sequel to 2011’s “Captain America: The…

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